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world's attention to the place that some gulag of our times. a female suicide bomber kills a six people on a bus in russia. were reported from the sea of monday's bombing plus. from revelations more of relations from n.s.a. leaker edward snowden with reports claiming germany's chancellor has been spied on for a decade. in washington united in anger at the country's global surveillance program and. whatever comes i will not leave my house again could not be worse than this our t.v. adds to the front lines of the syrian civil war where palestinian community is wanting to protect its times and. also coming up we found at least in some cases they've clearly killed civilians in some of these cases markby with. an amnesty
international research of. the bodies new damning report on america's so-called precision strikes in pakistan. live from moscow this is our tease of the week you is today's top stories as well you with me tom would say to offer a story on monday a poll full suicide blasts hit a bus in the country's southern city of volgograd killing six and wounding dozens many witnesses were unable to understand what had happened describing the scene as a war zone lindsey france made some of the survivors. october twenty first started just like any other monday here in volgograd people woke up with places to go and think to get that heavily using bus stations just like this. but for several people
needing bus number twenty nine they could never have foreseen how quickly their lives would change when they took that ride. the route ran without incident from morning till afternoon until one person got on board thirty year old lie you see all about that is when things took a tragic turn anastasio the very on a boy was on her way home from classes at the university laughing and talking with the other students crucially it was in the middle of the bus which say trade life was the real truth when the boss who did everything around me when flying and from that moment i don't remember anything on the recall being thrown onto her window then suddenly finding myself on the street and in a panic i realised something had happened to my hands i was covered in blood it was right here at about two pm local time got a glass right through boss twenty nine filled with about forty people first responders thought it was perhaps
a malfunction of the buses fuel systems but aside from the shop they felt to ask themselves if this was a gas explosion was the fire. and it was up was that because everybody in the blast was touching their faces and heads asking what happened what happened there was a lot of blood on them and a lot of flesh everywhere i let out of my car and i saw a head lying there i mean my friend took a young boy and his father to the hospital the remnant of an explosive device told the tale shrapnel t.n.t. and a grenade the accident site became a crime scene while edgy hottest from republic of dagestan became the central focus of the investigation and then the story took another twist the attack wasn't meant for volgograd at all as the oliver had apparently taken a detour. she had purchased a ticket to moscow and boarded an intercity boss that passed through volgograd when
the bus was almost at the city limits are see oliver got zero and went back to downtown belgrade right now investigators are trying to find out whether this move had been planned in advance or r.c.l. over altered the plan along the way looking for a place packed with as many people as possible also under suspicion or three men believed to have helped in the plot to attack the russian capital two from dagestan wanted for twin terror attacks there in two thousand and twelve were said to be waiting for her in moscow on his way there was an aussie all of us husband dimitri sokolov an ethnic russian convert to islam missing since two thousand and twelve some reports suggest the couple had an argument shortly before the attack which may have caused a last minute change in her deadly plans authorities will be keen to find her husband in the hope he may have the answers in different r.t. in volgograd. and on sunday
a large cache of suicide bells and explosives was discovered in russia's southern republic of dagestan that's after police detained a man carrying a grenade and several blocks of t.n.t. on a bus going to moscow you can learn more about these and other end to terror operations here in russia on our website our. chancellor merkel has been spied on by the n.s.a. for over a decade that's according to the leaks are published by germany's the spigot magazine that's available that goes back even before merkel became the country's leader and this week it's been revealed that thirty five world leaders have also been closely monitored by america's national security agency europe has voices complaining that its trust in washington is now undermined from all french prime minister dominique de villepin says that if the u.s. continues to strive for world dominance it could lead to conflict. we knew that.
some practices were existed but the search and overall system this came as a surprise for everybody in fact what we are seeing today is the incredible privileges of the us administration or the control of the world system we knew that the us were controlling the financial system through the banking dominance of some big banks through the dollar currency reserve currency but controlling internet controlling the information you know world this is a privilege and monopoly if we are going to follow up in the same direction then confrontation might be the look to. president obama has ordered a review of the country's global surveillance operations promising change in the meantime thousands have gathered on capitol hill for what the organizers say is the largest probe previously rally in u.s. history art is going to change again as the details. thousands of people gathered
here on the anniversary of the signing of the patriot act twelve years ago they believe that was the day when in the name of fighting terror their rights have been taken away from them they believe that the tradeoff between security and privacy is a false one people here say that they're tired of lies that the government has been telling to cover up their mass spying after all just a year ago the director of national intelligence james clapper said no when asked whether the n.s.a. was collecting data on millions of americans edward snowden's revelations of course confirmed that was a lie and the latest i've heard was that just within a month the n.s.a. spied on more than one hundred and twenty four billion phone calls worldwide that means that every single person on earth is facing the risk of being caught up in the n.s.a. dragnet and the person edward snowden thanks to whom this protest is happening is now holed up in russia because here in the states he would sure be in jail by now
people at this rally dows of people in fact demand a meaningful surveillance a long way for him they came with a petition signed by more than five hundred thousand people demanding congress investigate the n.s.a. spying programs the senate judiciary and intelligence committees planned hearings on those programs so they want to make sure that their voices are heard actually one of the main messages of this rally is watch the watchers but the question is is there really possible because so far any light that's been shed on the watchers was through whistleblowers in washington i'm going to check on. syrian minority groups are becoming increasingly active as the conflict spirals deeper into civil war kurdish militants have beaten back islamist rebels in the country's northeast taking control of a key crossing on the border with a rug arches policy is in syria for us with them on the trials and tribulations of
another minority the palestinians. this is young walk south damascus ten months ago it was home to one point two million palestinians today ten percent remain the price of world this is how it's acutely here where it's divided families and puttered brother against brother. they betrayed us we cannot trust them anymore eight days ago abu movie and his wife came home for ten long months they'd lived on the streets not once giving up the hope they'd return this is what way to them and the well come we are coming to kill you bashar scribbled on the walls. whatever happens i will not leave my house again i would like to destroy the walls and build them again it could not be worse than this for one year syria's palestinians managed to stay out of the conflict but the infiltration of foreign fighters with big dreams and even bigger promises of money forced the residents of young men to
choose sides and take up arms against people they know their whole lives. and i have some friends fighting on the other side we're not friends anymore the ones we displaced from our house and destroyed our homes are not our friends. with. each day a bomb we leaves to fight them but not before he stuck furniture high against the windows to protect his family from strikers life inside these bullet riddled bush is as dangerous as it is outside his two sons as vulnerable as their mother every time the father walks out the door but it's always a painful for world all movie carefully cups her husband prepare for battle she knows he needs to go but each time he leaves behind the same an onset question. every day when he says goodbye i wonder if you will come back or not like when he
got injured he didn't come back i want to find him in hospital there are a lot of men like him and women like me but not a lot of fighters have bought their families back to yarmulke the snipers are in shooting range and three days earlier shrapnel from a bullet blinded up to maurice lift eye but the thirty three year old doesn't have a choice he has nowhere else to move his family and while the southern part of your milk is still in the hands of the rebels his home or what one means of it has been freed by palestinians who like other more we are fighting alongside the syrian army and. when i go to the battlefield my mind is always with my family and i hope i will come back safe to them because they care of them and i pray that if i get more tired they will find tender people to look after america. the frontline is near two streets away but for other movie and his comrades the battle hits closer to home
each time they take and to secure the streets for their families often it's a neighbor friend and sometimes even a brother who is pointing a gun back at them closely r.t. yarmuk syria. european leaders are look for keys to solve the issue of immigrant influx while they use economic troubles and that these shipwright seem to have no effect on the eval stream of refugees is seeking shelter across the mediterranean some insight into that. they're doing whatever they want in syria these days and even the obama administration can do nothing to rein the saudis in and i think the sad answer is that the united states doesn't have the power that it wants. it doesn't have the leverage that it wants tries to work through allies through international
organizations and occasionally on its own and deal with the court of public opinion that the best america can but there are there is a lot in the toolbox right now they're not many tools live. news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images were world has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to corporations rule the day.
thanks for saying with us here on r.t. for more of the weeklies america's ongoing drone strike in pakistan should be investigated as a war crime that's according to reported this week by amnesty international but getting to the bottom of the so-called precision strikes program could be difficult now it all began in two thousand and four under the bush administration two thousand and six was the deadliest year in his presidency when almost a hundred civilians were killed but since two thousand and eight drones in pakistan have escalated reaching a peak after president obama took office in two thousand and nine the next twelve months of obama's administration saw a record number of strikes at a hundred and twenty two and despite many damning reports the drone war goes on now the obama administration is once willful almost ninety percent of those strikes and out of hundreds of civilians killed up to two hundred which many investigation estimate the total number of killings at the more
than three thousand you see kavanaugh of looked into the latest reports. the predator drone remotely controlled and heavily armed it's the weapon of choice in the cia's under cleared war in pakistan that's where the u.s. is believed to have launched more than three hundred strikes since two thousand and four the target suspected taliban and al qaeda militants the white house says better drones then boots on the ground and justifies the covert program as both affective and legal america does not take strikes to punish individuals we act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to the american people not so according to amnesty international in a damning new report the human rights group warns u.s. drone strikes could amount to war crime. it documents recent killings in pakistan's northwest tribal areas and the lack of transparency surrounding drones this is
a secret program in fact in our case we've found at least in some cases they've clearly killed civilians in some of these cases might be war crimes that really concerns us one such case is that of sixty eight year old man nama bibi killed by a u.s. drone last october she was picking vegetables with her grandchildren when that attacks took place a double strike the children miraculously survived. first it was so then i heard that. the first hit and the second hit my cousin. huge her grandmother's body was pulverized these missile fragments are all that remain amnesty documents other such cases but its main point the need for transparency and accountability the u.s. must explain why these people have been killed people who are clearly civilians must provide justice to these people compensation it must investigate those responsible for those killings now in a separate report a un investigation looked at thirty three drone strikes around the world not just
in pakistan that violated international humanitarian law and also resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties that report also calling for more transparency and accountability from the united states reporting from moscow i'm lucy catherine of. right and to some other news from this week and despite the horrors of recent tragedies in the mediterranean very packed with immigrants and refugees continue to head for some of the e.u. countries hundreds were rescued of sicily coast this week by italy's a coast guard at a summit in brussels european union leaders promise to revamp the blocks asylum policies and take active measures on the issue after a plea for help from rome right now this map a show a picture draws a picture of the routes asylum seekers are taking many are setting off to europe from syria where fear of their lives from homelands where there's
a lot of conflict now we're all moved to find work and of course make money most northern african states move into europe now they're through france and italy and germany as well as the united states others attempt to make it through other countries within the e.u. and among the most popular ones are those in the u.k. as well as germany but it's italy and agrees that bear the brunt as according to e.u. laws asylum seekers entering without authorization or blah is to remain and in those countries where they first arrive you've got to be sort of went to meet some of those trying to make their way to a better life. they want to buy the food from the opium to saddam then traveled to libya and finally reach sicily after what must have been the most nerve wrecking ball right off their lives these three women are hiding their faces from the camera since now they're risking being sent back when we were at sea now the boat with the refugees sank into a three hundred people died but we were lucky and in sicily we managed to avoid
getting registered it's illegal between need to go further north there is nothing for us here under regulation all newcomers must seek asylum in the country where they arrive and under italian law anyone of voiding registration is sent home but nowadays more and more newcomers are ready to take their chances don't register to try to go to northern states where there are more opportunities. when you arrive here they give you the very minimum there is no jobs no school and you sleep in the street for six months italy is one of the worst european states in this regard youth unemployment has exceeded forty percent while the economy is in the worst recession since the second world war international obligations and plane here were the principal scandal it only to turn away a refugee since for many is the only chance for survival but the situation is now which to a point when this duty has become too heavy for it to handle on its own the e.u. has pledged italy would receive an additional thirty million euro or just over
forty million dollars to deal with the refugee crisis but how will this help to distribute the more evenly throughout the union and integrate them into the economy is not clear they have been so on ideas so they cherry they may be some positive development and i see embodies a lot of. good hope but no concrete ideas and as governments and international organizations brainstorm the solution one thing is certain the flow of refugees is only going to continue you've got this going on italy. right this week saw all records of being broken at all planets and all the inmates point the olympic torch reach to the north pole for the first time in history after the fastest ever trees through the pile of mud on board a nuclear icebreaker james brown was on board for the voyage. just in case you didn't actually believe we were going to the north pole i think that eliminates any doubt there's that you might think it's just before the dawn or just before the sun
certains but actually we're right smack bang in the middle of the day in fact it's just gone twelve thirty in the afternoon but of course the further north we go the less daylight we're getting that polar nights are coming into full effect and as you can see our ice breaker is really having to prove our worth now. anything. you can see everything is getting rather busy and excited out there and we're all with mom a bridge for the final approach her solar electric flame wakefield's here make its way down to the north pole. her was on top of the world. was.
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relationship with saudi arabia they're saying worlds apart right after the break to say with us here on r.t. . it seems like politicians can get away with anything nowadays but not all of them the former mayor of failed detroit has been sentenced to twenty years in prison after being found guilty of committing record tiering conspiracy fraud extortion and tax crimes while the mayor the prosecutors say he funneled millions of dollars to himself and family members all while detroit moved headstrong towards the bankrupt state it is in today this is big news not because some mayor took bribes but because he got punished the judge who could fix him stated why this is such an important case she said at the very least a significant sentence will send a message that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated yes sending
a message you see corrupt officials are usually cowards and they do what they do because they feel they can get away with it when you start to put the fear of god into them they start to behave much better so the question is will the mainstream media grab the story and really use the conviction of detroit's former mayor is an example probably not but it would really help the country if they would but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to well that part of the saudi relationship has long been not only one of the most consequential but also one of the most secretive that's two decades of behind the scenes deals the saudis have now made their displeasure with the american public is this a change of mood s.
lap on the reast or final major cracks in the alliance well to discuss that i'm now joined by robert george a former u.s. ambassador to the kingdom and that's there in jordan it's a great honor to have you on. the show thank you very much for having me now i know that you were appointed to the ambassadorship by george w. bush taking up your post almost immediately after september eleventh attacks arguably one of the most critical times in the relationship between the two countries and i remember back down or dinner and their accounts were quite mistrustful of the saudis and probably that mistrust was mutual bad despite dad and dad very critical very difficult time officials rarely allowed this negativity to show in public speeches and policy pronouncements was that just added cat or are you indeed had no major disagreements that could be sort of swept under the rug right after nine eleven we had to reestablish trust between the two countries and their leadership we weren't clear whose side the saudis were on
initially and it took a while to work through that i have to give credit to the saudis for having helped us deal with that we ultimately ended up sharing intelligence cooperating very well in the war on terror but at the same time there were there was a background of great happiness with the american position on the israeli palestinian conflict so as we went into early two thousand and two. the president invited crown prince abdullah to come to his ranch in crawford texas. and this was a very significant invitation but crown prince abdullah was very reluctant to come because the intifada was in full force yasser arafat was being held captive by the israelis at his compound in ramallah so you crown prince abdullah was very reluctant to come he finally decided to come and brought with him
a videotape to show the president the violence that was being perpetrated by the israelis on the palestinian civilians i was actually at that meeting in crawford and was very close to the situation and so if you look at it from that context the saudi unhappiness with the american position on israel has been going on for quite a number of years while our ambassador in jordan as you just sat the relationship has never been particularly easy but i think there was always a signal code of ethics to a code that was broken just a couple of days ago when saudi arabia very publicly refused the security council see if they see that it's been logging for for almost three years and on top of that one of the country's most powerful politicians intelligence chief prince bandar bin sultan. allows himself to criticize american policies in public why do you think all of the sad and.